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WATCH: High temperatures spark extreme wildfire warning in the Highlands

By Federica Stefani

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Wildfire risk is extremely high for this weekend in the area around Inverness and other parts of the Highlands.
Wildfire risk is extremely high for this weekend in the area around Inverness and other parts of the Highlands.

An ‘extreme’ wildfire warning has been issued by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in Inverness-shire and across large parts of northern Scotland as the weather pattern over the next few days is dominated by high-pressure.

The warning is in place for Saturday, May 11 and much of the rest of Scotland remains at ‘very high’ risk due to a combination of high temperatures, low humidity and strengthening winds.

SFRS also has released a timelapse video which shows the intense and rapid spread of a recent wildfire in the Highland village of Glenuig in Lochaber.

This wildfire spread across two-miles before being extinguished by more than 30 firefighters over two days last weekend.

Group Commander Niall MacLennan, a SFRS wildfire tactical advisor, urged those entering Scotland’s countryside this week to act with caution and avoid any naked flames.

He said: “Over the weekend, the risk of wildfire is very real due to the higher temperatures and forecast low relative humidity.

“This contributes significantly to drying and lowering of moisture content in fine fuels, which are predominant in our countryside.

“If a naked flame comes into contact with this vegetation, it will act as a fuel and could spread rapidly.

“We know how damaging wildfires can be to the environment, wildlife and nearby communities and they place a significant demand on our emergency service.

“Human behaviour plays a significant role in preventing wildfires and clearly with this spell of warm weather, we anticipate large volumes of people will enter the countryside this weekend.

“We must ask that people behave responsibly and to please think twice before using any naked flames.”

At this time of year, in mid-Spring, there is a lot of dead vegetation left over from last year which can dry very quickly and act as fuel for wildfires to spread.

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